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Rev. Richard Killmer

National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

Rev. Richard Killmer is Executive Director of the National Religious Campaign Against Torture.

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Rev. Richard Killmer
Rev. Richard Killmer

Commentary Maternity and Birthing

Shackling Women Prisoners During Childbirth is Immoral

The Virginia Department of Corrections (DOC) decided to strengthen and expand existing policies banning shackling of pregnant inmates during labor, delivery and post- recovery. The National Religious Campaign Against Torture applauds this step. However, the cruel and inhumane practice of shackling inmates who are in labor still occurs in some local and regional correctional facilities.  Virginia should join the 13 states that have enacted legislation to prohibit this barbaric practice.